EPA, CBC plan 'environmental justice' tour

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Congressional Black Caucus are planning an "environmental justice" tour to highlight minority and low-income communities that suffer from severe pollution problems.

The tour will stop in Mississippi, South Carolina, Maryland, Georgia and other states, starting with Greenville and Jackson, Miss., from January 22-24, EPA announced Friday morning.

“Environmental justice is a priority for EPA and must be part of every action we take,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in a statement. Jackson will accompany CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Texas) on the tour. Environmental justice refers to a campaign to address pollution problems in poor and minority communities.